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Oodles of Googles

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It is standard procedure when someone I don’t know contacts me via my web site or a floor call, to google them.  I basically check to see if they have a criminal record or were mentioned in the paper for some nefarious reason.  It’s not fail-safe, by any means.  Another agent did the same thing and nothing negative turned up.  But when she got to the house and met the client, he asked her if she’d ever though about being killed in a place like that.  She promptly dialed 911 on her cell and the showing ended.

I like the extra bit of info I can obtain about someone.  It helps me prepare.  For example, in 2004, I received a floor call (someone called the office to find an agent to show them a house) and I googled the wife’s and husband’s names in.  I discovered the wife was active in our local Democratic Party.  So, I knew if I had had a George W. Bush bumper sticker, I’d have needed to scrape it off before meeting with them.

The query for the husband’s name brought paydirt.  I discovered he was an engineer, and had penned such thought-provoking work as  The Path of a 1-mm Paramecium Through a Solution Containing 2% Carbolic Acid.  Wow.  He was going to be a real ball of fire, I just knew it.

Due to Hanford, we deal with a lot of engineers in our line of work.  Because my husband has an engineer slant himself (I call it anal-retentive, he calls it meticulous), I am used to dealing with people who are on the other end of the personality spectrum from me.  And I enjoy it.  I value what they bring to the table.  After all, someone’s gotta design the reactor, and it ain’t gonna be me!

And, if you Google me, I am not the Cari McGee with a son named Chris who bought a house in Nampa, ID.  Just so that’s clear.

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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